Following are select press articles that cover Canvas portfolio companies, as well as, a few non-Canvas companies on which boards our partners continue to serve.
May 11, 2017 | New York Times
In Snap Inc.’s Tumble, Start-Ups See a Warning From Wall Street
In venture capital offices and at some start-ups across Silicon Valley, investors and entrepreneurs made Snap’s performance a subject of much talk — and their conclusions were not particularly positive. At Canvas Ventures, a venture capital firm in Portola Valley, Calif., one investor, Rebecca Lynn, said that Snap’s disappointing report was a powerful lesson to other start-ups.
April 28, 2017 | BNN
Siri’s importance to Apple grows as it develops an Amazon Echo ‘killer’
Gary Morgenthaler, partner at Morgenthaler Ventures and former director of Siri Inc, joins BNN for a look at the personal assistant's growing presence in Apple's product line seven years after the company scooped up Siri.
April 19, 2017 | The Huffington Post
Investors Speak: Where AI Drives Real Value in Business
What are the functions or characteristics of companies and innovations driving the next big investments in AI and machine learning (ML)?
April 18, 2017 | Forbes
Rebecca Lynn Named to Midas List 3rd Year in a Row
Midas 2017: Meet The 100 Best Venture Capitalists In The World. Rebecca Lynn appears as #44 on this list.
April 18, 2017 | Fortune
Zola Moves to Take Over Wed-Tech
There is a lot of ugly, wonky, barely-usable wedding planning technology out there, from the seating charts and guest lists, to RSVP software, checklists and vendor management tools. There's a reason few modern tech startups have managed to penetrate the $70 billion wedding industry. It's something Shan-Lyn Ma has understood well since co-founding Zola, a “wed-tech” startup, in 2013.
April 13, 2017 | TechCrunch
Luminar reveals sensors that could make self-driving cars safer than human
Now, a startup called Luminar Technologies Inc., is unveiling a high-resolution LiDAR sensor that was five years in the making. The startup, which has raised $36 million in seed-stage funding so far, built its LiDAR systems from scratch. That means the company engineered its own: lasers, receivers, chips, packaging and more, rather than incorporating off-the-shelf components.
April 4, 2017 | CB Insights
Rebecca Lynn is 25 Out of the Top 100 Venture Capitalists
For a second year, we worked with The New York Times and used the CB Insights Investor Mosaic algorithm to develop a data-driven ranking of the top venture capital partners. Here are the top 100.
March 29, 2017 | Crain's New York
Zola CEO Joins “40 Under 40” List
Friends' wedding registries frustrated Shan-Lyn Ma, who would bounce among wish lists on retailers' websites, thinking the items weren't meaningful to the couples. She envisioned a better way. With Nobu Nakaguchi, director of Gilt Groupe, and Kevin Ryan, its founder, she started Zola, an online wedding registry and marketplace.
March 22, 2017 | Silicon Valley Biz Journal
Casetext Raises Series B to Give Lawyers an AI Assistant
Lawyers tasked with building a case for a client face a daunting task virtually every time they begin typing out an argument: Figuring out how to sift through an ever-changing mountain of legal precedent to find and cite past case law. For years, they’ve relied on legal-focused search engines, many of which would perform little more than a simple keyword search. The lawyers who built Palo Alto-based Casetext saw an opening to build a new digital assistant, called CARA, that uses artificial intelligence and natural language queries to find past case law quickly and more efficiently.
March 16, 2017 | Forbes
The 3 Tech Buzzwords Every CEO Should Know
If you’re a CEO and sometimes think your technical team speaks a different language, you’re not alone. My world is saturated with tech jargon because I am a venture capitalist who reviews and meets with hundreds of tech startups every month. But which buzzwords are the most important for a CEO to understand?
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